Haughton Rectory

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte Ringwork)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameHaughton Rectory
Alternative Names
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishHaughton

Supposed slight remains of possible motte in the rectory garden. Reported as site of homestead moat in PastScape. The site is close to the church but the manorial centre seems to have been at the other end of the village. Recorded as 'A metre deep depression indicative of a moated site. Smaller unidentified features were also found on the site. Dated to some point between 1066 - 1539.' in Staffs HER.

HAUGTON, RECTORY LANE, THE CEDARS (SJ 866 204). A watching brief was carried out by D. Wilkinson of Stafford Borough Council on behalf of Falshaw Homes during groundworks for a new bungalow adjacent to a medieval moat in the centre of the village. A broad depression over 1m deep, which had silted up and been later backfilled, was observed on the W. side of the site. This is interpreted as a beast pond attached to the moat, which lay immediately to the west in the adjoining site. A sandstone fragment, probably from a garden ornament was recovered from the final filling of the pond. Two other small unidentified and undated features were observed on the site. (Med. Arch.)

Gatehouse Comments

The evidence for this ever being even a small motte or ringwork seems very slight.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ866204
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  • Salter, Mike, 1997, Castles and Moated Mansions of Staffordshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 30
  • Burne, S.A.H., 1958, in Midgley, L.M. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 4 p. 136
  • Lynam, Charles, 1908, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 1 p. 364 (homestead moat) online copy


  • 2002, Medieval Archaeology Vol. 46 p. 203 download copy
  • Palliser, D.M., 1972, 'Staffordshire Castles: A Provisional List' Staffordshire Archaeology Vol. 1 p. 5-8